Game of Thrones used in attempt to lure tourists to Aleppo

Bashar al-Assad's regime released a promotional video Friday with panoramic views of government-held parts of Aleppo, accompanied by an acoustic version of the theme music to the popular HBO television series.

Showcased in the video are aerial shots of wide green boulevards and swimming pools. It's a far cry from the rebel-held eastern part of the city, where 250,000 people live with daily airstrikes, according to the UN, and where whole blocks of neighborhoods have been destroyed.

Swiss city Basel 'reverses' Pokemon Go to boost tourism

The video has had nearly 65m views on Facebook.

Basel Tourism teamed up with marketing agency Fadeout to present a "reverse" Pokemon Go.

Now people are the ones being hunted in a twist on the global gaming craze.

Targeting young people, Basel Tourism told the BBC the video was showing off the city's attractions, such as "the beautiful Old Town, the river Rhine and its bridges".


Cost of doing business high in Manus, says Minister

This includes the high cost of air fares and the lack of tourism infrastructure in the province.

Minister for Trade Commerce and Industry, Richard Maru revealed this when officially opening a 3 days Seminar on Tourism in Manus Province recently.

Maru was invited by the Manus Provincial Government to officiate at this Tourism seminar for him to specifically speak on the impact of the closure of the Asylum Seekers Processing Centre on local SME’s and the unemployment rate that will be caused as a result of the closure of the center.

Hey…hey… hey … Manus has a tourism association

While those on the main land will be affected in terms of their employment at the processing center, those on the outer islands are now looking at tourism as a way forward.

A tourism seminar was held for the first time this week in Lorengau town that ended with the election of the First Manus Interim Manus Provincial Tourism Association Executives.

Tourism Development Initiatives Proposed Plans were brought up by those in attendance, amongst these was a proposal for the M’buke Islands-Ecotourism and Research & Conservation Plan.

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Bilum Festival set to boost tourism in Madang

The Karkar Island Bilum Festival is expected to attract international tourists as well as locals which will boost tourism in Madang Province.

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Bilum Festival set to boost tourism in Madang

The festival will be staged on Karkar Island from June 3-5.

Karkar Island is located in the Bismarck Sea, about 30 kilometres off the north coast of mainland PNG in Madang Province.

This is the first of its kind to be held on the island and is set to be one of the largest events in the province attracting thousands of visitors both locally and from the International arena.

Chairman for the KIBF Pholas Yongole said that the festival will celebrate and showcase the vast variety of the famous Karkar bilum, culture and tradition.

Plans underway for Kokoda Track 75th Anniversary

Kokoda Track is a single-file foot thoroughfare that runs 96 kilometres overland through the Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea.

The track was the location of the 1942 World War II battle between Japanese and Australian forces in what was then the Australian territory of Papua.

It runs from Owers Corner in Central Province, 50 kilometres east of Port Moresby, across rugged and isolated terrain which is only passable on foot, to the village of Kokoda in Northern Province.

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K800,000 to boost ethnic clash operations

A total of K800,000 was put in to help police operation into the ethnic clash between Western Highlanders and Sepiks in Madang.

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Nisira: Religious extremism a timebomb in Bougainville

Religion has now been judged differently on Bougainville and it has gone right into the extreme and will end up uncontrollable.


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Kenai envisions Buka Town to be tourism gateway

In an exclusive interview with Loop PNG the Buka town manager Eddie Kenai said it is one of his main objectives.

“This is the gate way into the Autonomous Region of Bougainville and it must be attractive, beautiful and most importantly clean,” Kenai said.

“We have already got a tourism development Programme in place and our focus is to make Buka the tourism hub for the whole of Bougainville, and also our other focus is to make sure our tourism infrastructures are in place guest houses  and so on,” he said.